Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, March 1st

Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, March 1, 2018

Dick’s Sporting Goods, Major Gun Retailer, Stops Selling Assault-Style Weapons

One of the nation’s largest sports retailers, Dick’s Sporting Goods, said Wednesday morning it was immediately ending sales of all assault-style rifles in its stores.

The retailer also said that it would no longer sell high-capacity magazines and that it would not sell any gun to anyone under 21 years of age, regardless of local laws.

The announcement, made two weeks after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 students and staff members, is one of the strongest stances taken by corporate America in the national gun debate. It also carries symbolic weight, coming from a prominent national gun seller.

Late last week, after coming under attack on social media for their ties to the National Rifle Association, a number of major companies, including Hertz car rental, MetLife insurance and Delta Air Lines, publicly ended those relationships, issuing brief, carefully phrased statements.

But Edward Stack, the 63-year-old chief executive of Dick’s whose father founded the store in 1948, is deliberately steering his company directly into the storm, making clear that the company’s new policy was a direct response to the Florida shooting.

This article continues in the New York Times on-line.

Reading about Peace for Thursday, March 1, 2018

Isaiah 9.6-7 – For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of PEACE. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless PEACE for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

I encourage you to spend some time with the astounding promise of these verses. These are not simply nice words that are fit for greeting cards. They are a description of the will of God.

Let’s pray for the Prince of Peace to bring about peace in the world. Let’s pray in hope, because we have a God who profoundly loves the world.

Prayers for Thursday, March 1, 2018

Dear God, please help our culture learn peace by returning to you.

Bob Spradlingplant-light-1-of-1

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